Writing in The Telegraph today, Good Friday, HRH Prince Charles highlighted the persecution faced by Christians worldwide as well as those of other faiths who are targeted for their beliefs.
The Prince wrote: ”It is truly devastating to know of the numbers of people of all faiths around the world who are suffering simply because of their religion. Over recent years I have made a point of meeting Christians from other countries – and those from other faiths- who have been persecuted because of their faith.
“In many cases they have been forced to flee from their homelands. It is estimated that 245 million Christians worldwide have faced persecution. The most vulnerable are the women and children. Many of them have been attacked and made homeless. I have been immensely moved and humbled by the courage and dignity of those I have met.
“This Easter they are specially in my prayers as they follow in the footsteps of our Lord who died for his faith. The have impressed me deeply by their lack of bitterness and by their desire to return to their lands (some of them managed to do so) to live in harmony with those of other faiths.
“The Easter message, with its empahasis on the timeless and universal values of forgiveness and reconciliation, gives hope to us all whether we live by faith or not. It encourages us to look for an celebrate those moments in our own lives and in our own communities when we see the light overcoming the darkness.”